About Old Tahoe Distillery

Old Tahoe Distillery – A Story of Vision

Old Tahoe Distillery Rye Whiskey

We’re proud to announce that Old Tahoe Straight Rye won a Gold Medal and Old Tahoe Honey Flavored Rye won a Bronze Medal at the recent International Spirits Competition that was held in San Francisco!

The Historic Frey Ranch in Fallon, Nevada is doing the distillation at the source thus making Old Tahoe Straight Rye and Honey Flavored Rye a farm to bottle product.

The origin of Old Tahoe Distilley’s Rye Whiskey began over 60 years ago when a strong, close knit Italian family welcomed its first born grandson. Within this family was an incredible appreciation for fine food and great wine. Wine making was an important element of this family’s food culture, and most, if not all that the Taverniti’s consumed was created in the respective households of this family. Mark Taverniti learned the family traditions of wine making by joining his father and grandmother in its process. This family tradition would eventually lead to the creation of Old Tahoe Distillery.

Mark Taverniti’s love of wine making brought his grandmother and him much recognition in Northwest Wine Contests. Mark evolved into restaurants, bars and the wine and beer importing business. Long-time family friends, schoolmates and college teammates had achieved significant positions in the wine and beer industry. These relationships gave Taverniti witness to the emerging fine wine explosion of the 1970’s and 80’s.

By the late 80’s, craft brewing was starting to gain momentum and Mark wanted to get involved. Seeing a parallel to the previous wine revolution, Taverniti founded Spanish Peaks Brewery in 1990 and opened for business in 1991. Spanish Peaks enjoyed success and became a top ten craft beer brand by the mid-90’s. During his tenure as founder and CEO of Spanish Peaks, Mark began to develop an appreciation for distilled spirits, especially whiskey. Taverniti visited many bourbon distilleries and tried to purchase one in the 90’s. Although a deal could not be completed, his interest continued.

As craft distilling began to “move”, Taverniti was viewing yet a third evolution in the wine, beer and spirits arena. Having benefited from direct participation in the previous boutique trends, Mark created Old Tahoe Distillery.

Old Tahoe Distillery has been formed to market and sell traditional Straight Rye Whiskey and Honey Flavored Rye Whiskey. As the Colonial Whiskey or our country and the foundation of many of our traditional whiskey cocktails, Rye has been the target product of Old Tahoe Distillery from it’s inception.

We invite you to enjoy the products of Old Tahoe Distillery and please explore the rest of our website.

You’ll get a true understanding of the phrases…“Rye; whose time has come again” and “Rye is the new Scotch”.

Please consume responsibly.